Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Welcome to the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The department provides consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services to patients with problems of the oral cavity, maxillofacial region, and head & neck. Conditions treated include: odontogenic infections, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, facial trauma, dentofacial deformities, head & neck cancer, pathological conditions of and/or injuries to the maxillo-mandibular complex, cleft and craniofacial abnormalities, cosmetic deformities of the head & neck, surgical management of the complex airway, and snoring and sleep apnea.  

The full-time Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery academic faculty are dedicated to resident teaching and supervision. Several clinical and basic science research programs have developed with emphasis in the areas of head & neck oncologic surgery, cleft and craniofacial surgery, microvascular reconstructive surgery, oral implantology, and pediatric dentistry.

The Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has administrative offices and adjacent research space in the previous Allied Health Professions Building. The clinical residency training program is headquartered in the Academic Medical Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and has a busy ambulatory care outpatient clinic, full-scope surgical training, and a pediatric dentistry division. In addition, the department fosters a fully accredited 2-year fellowship training program in head & neck oncologic/microvascular reconstructive surgery, as well as a fully accredited 2-year fellowship training program in cleft/craniofacial surgery. 


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis, surgical, and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects, including both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissue of the oral and maxillofacial region.



Latest Department News

LSUHS Faculty Physicians and Residents Perform  the First Microvascular Surgery at Rapides Regional Medical Center

The surgery performed by Dr. Fawaz Alotaibi, DDS, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Dr. Celso Palmieri Jr., DDS, Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was an outstanding training opportunity for two Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents who assisted with the procedure.

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